Top 5 Signs of Tire Wear

Your tires take the biggest beating of any part of your vehicle because they’re the only thing making contact with the road. If you’re wondering whether it’s time to bring your car into Stingray Chevrolet Bartow for a new set of four, look out for these 5 causes and signs of tire wear.

Bumps or bulges

If you see any unusual bulging in the sidewall of your tire, it’s likely the result of a high-speed impact with a pothole or other road hazard. Bulges are very unsafe, increasing your risk for a flat or blowout. If you notice something along these lines, you’ll want to stop into Stingray Chevrolet Bartow as soon as possible for diagnosis.

Uneven wearing

The tread on your tire wears naturally over the thousands of miles. But your tread should be wearing evenly across your tires and on each tire. If some tires seem to have worn more than others, you might need to be more mindful of rotating them every so often.

Wear on the edge

If you notice that there’s a lot of wear toward the edge of your tires, that can mean your wheels aren’t properly aligned. Wearing on the edge makes the tires less capable of generating traction and stopping quickly.

Pulling while driving

If you feel your vehicle pulling to one side while you’re driving, it requires immediate attention. It could be a sign of worn-down tires, brake problems, or issues with your wheel alignment.

Vibrations or thumps

Out-of-balance tires will lead to sounds that shouldn’t be there, such as consistent vibrations or heavy thumps. Fortunately, maintaining your tires and keeping them healthy is fairly straightforward. When you bring your ride into Stingray Chevrolet Bartow for service, we’ll let you know how your current set of tires is doing and what you need to do to keep them going stronger for longer.

How to sanitize your vehicle against COVID-19

If concern over the COVID-19 outbreak has made you more conscious of your cleaning habits — especially as they relate to your car—don’t worry. There are a few simple things to keep in mind when you clean your vehicle, both now and in the future.

Choose the right cleaner

Making sure that you’re using the right kind of soap or disinfectant on the right material is just as important for you as it is for your car. It’s recommended that you use fabric cleaner on cloth seats, leather-specific cleaners on leather upholstery like seating, shift knobs, and armrests. Also, using regular disinfectants on hard-touch surfaces will be best as long as you don’t spray anything directly onto electronics.

Keep a close eye on high-traffic areas

You should pay special attention to any surface that gets touched frequently, both inside and out. If you regularly disinfect the steering wheel, door handles, any touchscreen displays, and armrests, you should be able to curb the spread of germs.

Don’t forget the kids

If you have children — especially if they’re young enough to need car seats — make sure to give those a thorough cleaning. It’s also a good idea to keep their toys clean and clear, especially if they bring them out of the car at any point

For more tips on how to keep your vehicle clean and safe — or to schedule a full detailing — please give us a call right here at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow.

Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

driving in the rain

You may feel confident as a driver, but are you prepared to deal with complicated conditions like heavy rain showers? Driving in the rain can be a totally different experience from driving in dry conditions, meaning you’ll need to go into your commute with a slightly different mindset. These tips will help you get ready to navigate the inevitable rainy commute you’ll face down this spring.

Slow Down

When it’s raining, drive slower. It may seem obvious, but it cannot be emphasized enough as the foremost tip for safe driving in the rain. Accelerate more slowly, brake more gradually, and cruise at a lower speed. This will make your vehicle better able to adapt to the slick roads beneath your tires. 

Leave Space

Another important way to prepare for unexpected maneuvers or sudden braking is by leaving extra space between yourself and other vehicles. Increase the following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you so you will have more time to react to changes in the traffic pattern.

In Case of a Skid

If you feel yourself skidding on a wet surface, do not slam on the brakes. Braking may just reduce traction even more. Instead, let off the gas and continue to steer in the direction that you want to go.

To make sure that your vehicle is as ready for springtime driving as it can possibly be, stop into Stingray Chevrolet Bartow for your regularly scheduled service.